New Jersey’s top high school football players heading into the 2021 season

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The two teams that have finished No. 1 in the High School Football America New Jersey Top 25 over the last two seasons are loaded heading into 2021.

2020 No. 1 Bergen Catholic has three of the top six players in the Composite Rankings for the Class of 2022. The Crusaders also have two of the top seven prospects in the Class of 2023.

2019 No. 1 and Non-Public Group 4 champ St. Peter’s Prep has six players in the Top 40 for the Class of ’22. The Marauders also have the No. 8 recruit in the Class of ’23.

USC-recruit Jaeden Gould is BC’s top recruit at No. 2 in the Garden State. The 4-star cornerback made his verbal commitment earlier this week.

Gould is one of 18 returning starters for head coach Vito Campanile. The Crusaders finished No. 34 in the 2020-21 High School Football America 100 national rankings powered by NFL Play Football, the NFL’s initiative to provide fun and engaging experience for players of all ages and skill levels.

Below, Campanile talks about the upcoming 2021 season.

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On the other side of the ball, quarterback Steve Angeli will be handling the Crusaders’ offense. During last year’s COVID-19 shortened season, the Notre Dame-recruit threw for 945-yards, according to

Jayden Bellamy, at No. 6, gives Bergen Catholic a great secondary. Bellamy is a 3-star recruit with offers from 23 schools, including Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Penn State.

St. Peter’s top recruit is defensive lineman KJ Miles with 26 college scholarship offers. The 4-star has been an important cog in the Marauders’ defense since becoming a starter during his freshman season. Last year, he recorded 28 tackles, four sacks and forced one fumble.

The Marauders’ other top recruits — tight end Trent McGaughey is the state’s No. 9 recruit; cornerback Avery Powell is ranked No. 13; defensive lineman/linebacker Kenny Soares is ranked No. 20; offensive lineman Andre Oben, son of future NFL offensive lineman Roman Oben, is rated No. 29 in the Garden State; and safety Christian LaBrun is the No. 38 rated recruit.

The state’s No. 1 recruit is offensive tackle Jacob Allen of the Hun School. Composite Rankings New Jersey Class of 2022

No. 1 Jacob Allen, OT – Hun School – Rutgers

No. 2 Jaeden Gould, CB – Bergen Catholic – USC

No. 3 Steve Angeli, QB – Bergen Catholic – Notre Dame

No. 4 KJ Miles, DL – St. Peter’s Prep – Uncommitted

No. 5 Amari Clark, WR – Woodrow Wilson (Camden) – Maryland

No. 6 Jayden Bellamy, CB – Bergen Catholic – Uncommitted

No. 7 Peter Delaportas, QB – Jefferson Twp. – Boston College

No. 8 Trent McGaughey, TE – St. Peter’s Prep – Uncommitted

No. 9 Kenny Fletcher, EDGE – Delran – Rutgers

No. 10 Devin Kargman, QB – Woodrow Wilson (Camden) – Uncommitted

No. 11 Davison Igbinosun, CB – Union – Uncommitted

No. 12 Sam Martin, Jr., RB – Paramus Catholic – Uncommitted

No. 13 Avery Powell, CB – St. Peter’s Prep – Uncommitted

No. 14 Nyair Graham, LB – Woodrow Wilson (Camden) – Maryland

No. 15 Q’yaeir Price, DL – DePaul Catholic (New Jersey) – Uncommitted

No. 16 Taj White, OT – Hudson Catholic – Rutgers

No. 17 A’Khoury Lyde, CB – DePaul Catholic – Wisconsin

No. 18 Alex Bauman, EDGE – Red Bank Catholic – Uncommitted

No. 19 Jojo Bermudez, WR – Cedar Creek – Rutgers

No 20 Kenny Soares, ATH – St. Peter’s Prep – Uncommitted

No. 21 Justin Evans-Jenkins, DL – Irvington – Uncommitted

No. 22 Donovan Leary, QB – Timber Creek – Illinois

No. 23 Joe De Croce, OT – Northern Valley – Rutgers

No. 24 Kyle Louis, ATH – East Orange – Uncommitted

No. 25 Nelson Monegro, OT – Union City – Rutgers

No. 26 Zion Cheeks, LB – Penns Grove – Cincinnati

No. 27 Owen Anderson, TE – Hun School – Illinois

No. 28 LeQuint Allen, RB – Millville – Syracuse

No. 29 Andre Oben, OT – St. Peter’s Prep – Purdue

No. 30 Denis Jaquez, EDGE – St. Augustine Prep – Northwestern

No. 31 Matt Fries, OT – Cranford – Uncommitted

No. 32 Marcus Johnson, EDGE – Woodrow Wilson (Camden) – Uncommitted

No. 33 Pat Caughey, TE – Delbarton – Uncommitted

No. 34 Kanye Udoh, RB – St. Augustine Prep – Uncommitted

No. 35 Nasir Hill, ATH – St. Augustine Prep – Uncommitted

No. 36 Nicholas Alvarado, S – Union City – Northern Illinois

No. 37 Vince Carpenter, OT – Red Bank Catholic – Uncommitted

No. 38 Christian LeBrun, S – St. Peter’s Prep – Uncommitted

No. 39 Damir McCrary, LB – Woodrow Wilson – Uncommitted

No. 40 Nazir Dale, ATH – Camden – Uncommitted Composite Rankings New Jersey Class of 2023

No. 1 Chase Bisontis, OT – Don Bosco Prep – Uncommitted

No. 2 Ejani Shakir, WR – Pennsauken – Uncommitted

No. 3 Sydir Mitchell, DL – Bergen Catholic – Uncommitted

No. 4 Kahiil Ali, S – Pennsauken – Uncommitted

No. 5 JaSire Peterson, IOL – Union City – Rutgers

No. 6 Marco Lainez III, QB – Hun School – Uncommitted

No. 7 DJ Samuels, EDGE – Bergen Catholic – Uncommitted

No. 8 Eric King, IOL – St. Peter’s Prep – Uncommitted

No. 9 James Heard, LB – Eastern – Uncommitted

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Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.